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this is "world news." and tonight, behind bars. after so many accusers, what was it today that sent authorities straight to the home of former penn state coach jerry sandusky? the coach, this time, taken away in hand cups. then, an abc news exclusive. barbara walters inside syria, with the only one-on-one with syria's 'embattled president. >> why is this such a brutal crackdown? >> does he fear civil war? does he sense the circle closing around him? barbara is right here with us tonight. family values. why mitt romney is hoping voters will focus on this image tonight, as the gloves come off, taking aim at the new front-runner. that famous question, and our question tonight for the ceo of ford who turned that car maker around. what is the key to bringing america back? kicked off.
after alec baldwin booted after that battle, who was right? the famous actor or the flight attendant? and pearl harbor. the image we learned today we will never see again. good evening. diane is on assignment tonight. and we begin here with two major stories this evening. barbara walters and her skwloouf one-on-one with syria's embattled president. face to face as she asks why the deadly crackdown. she's right here tonight. but first, another image making headlines. that coach, under fire, and now, under arrest. after the mounting number of accusers, we ask here what was it today that sent law enforcement in, arresting jerry sandusky? this as we learn the latest victim says sandusky's wife was upstairs as he cried for help. abc's jim avila is on the case again tonight.
>> reporter: jerry sandusky, back in cuffs, wearing a penn state track suit, taken from his home in the middle of the afternoon, and today, charged with abusing two more children. his attorney predicted new charges and custody on "world news." >> bail is going to be set and he's going to wind up in jail. >> his attorney walked straight into that courtroom and told his client, "i told you this would happen." and sandusky just smiled. >> reporter: the smile wiped from his face as prosecutors demanded a million dollar bail and revealed the stories of victims nine and ten. horrific accounts of a basement of horrors at the deformer defensive coach's ranch style house in state college, pennsylvania. a place victim number nine said sandusky told him specifically to stay unless otherwise directed. he ate meals in the basement. and new details about his wife, and where she was when this was allegedly happening just down the stairs. victim number nine was 10 to 12
years old during the alleged attacks and told the grand jury he saw sandusky's wife at the house but she never came downstairs. and on at least one occasion, he screamed for help, knowing that sandusky's wife was upstairs, but no one came to help him. >> jerry's saying, what's next? i said, don't ask that question, you know? don't ask, can i get worse, because it can. >> reporter: what's next for sandusky? an overnight stay in jail this is his booking photo. and if he can raise $250,000 in bail, electronic monitoring with an order to stay away from the penn state km pus. sandusky's attorney expects to make bail tomorrow but will be in court tuesday for the preliminary hearing will he will hear from the alleged victims, only their names will be protected. >> all right, jim avila, thank you. and now, to the abc news exclusive making global headlines tonight. even the state department is weighing in on the barbara well
sters interview with the syrian president. for nine months, more than 4,000 people have lost their lives in a brutal crackdown there, and in that time, their leader, president bashar al assad has remained defiant, granting no interviews until now. barbara has returned from syria after her one-on-one, asking the president face to face about the crackdown. and she takes us out into the streets of syria. in a moment, we'll ask barbara about the mind of this man. and this interview comes after a string of abc news exclusives with leaders under fire. in february, christiane amanpour with egypt's hosni mubarak, then with moammar gadhafi. here is barbara's report. >> reporter: i want to make this clear. you say that the country, in general, is stable, but there are areas of this country, an hour, an hour and a half away, in which there is still fighting. in which there is still protest. do you see that as something important, people fighting for
their freedom? >> not everybody in the street was fighting for freedom. you have different components, you have extremists, religious extremists, you have outlaws people who have been convicted in the courts and they have been escaping for years now. drug smugglers. and you have like-minded people of al qaeda and those. so, it's different components. >> reporter: the protests really began with -- after the detention and torture of children who were writing graffiti, calling for your downfall. i've seen awful pictures of what happened. why was this such a brutal crackdown? >> what happened? >> reporter: well, i'll grif you some examples that i saw. a 13-year-old boy who was arrested in april. a month later, his body was returned to his family, bearing scars of torture. a famous cartoonist whom you know who was critical of you badly beaten, his arms were
broken. a famous singer who wrote a popular song calling for your ouster, he was found with his throat cut. have you seen these pictures? have you not? is this news to you? >> no, no, it's not news. i met with his father, the father of that child, and he said he wasn't tortured. >> reporter: the cartoonist. the cartoonist who was critical of you, i've seen his pictures, his hands were broken, he was beaten. >> many people criticize me, did they kill all of them? who killed who? most of the people that have been killed are supporters of the government not the vice versa. >> reporter: in the beginning, these protests, women were marching with children, carrying olive branches. nobody at that time was asking for you to step down. it has escalated. do you think that your forces cracked down too hard? >> they are not my forces. they are military forces belong to the government. >> reporter: okay, but you are the government.
>> i don't own them. i am president. i don't own the country so they are not my forces. >> reporter: no, but you have to give the order? >> no, no, no. >> reporter: no? >> there was no command to kill or be brutal. >> reporter: you have seen the pictures of egypt's former president in jail, pictures of moammar gadhafi, killed. are you afraid that you might be next? >> the only thing that you could be afraid of as president to lose the support of your people. that is the only thing you should be afraid of. >> reporter: do you feel now that you still have the support of your people? >> if you don't have the support of the people, you cannot be in this position. this is syria. it's not easy. it's very complicated, very difficult country to govern if you don't have the public support. >> reporter: what do you this is the biggest misconception that my country has of what's happening here, if, indeed, there is a misconception. >> we don't kill our people no government in the world kill its
people unless it's led by crazy person. for me, as president, i became president because of the public support. it's impossible for anyone in this state, to give order to kill. >> barbara walters, the only american journalist to sit down with him. i asked about this earlier. what do you make of what's going on in the mind of this man? >> reporter: well, there's such a disconnect. people are being tortured, he says we're being duped. people are being killed, he says he didn't order it, the government did. but he's the president. so, it's very hard to understand, does he really believe this? he says that it is not on the brink of a civil war. he says it was the support of his people. he's not a wild, crazy man, as you can see. it's some strange, to me, disconnect. >> it's interesting you say disconnect. the state department waked in on your interview, saying he app r appeared utterly disconnect eed with what's going on on the ground there. did you feel that?
>> reporter: he says he doesn't care about public opinion. they can live through sanctions. he doesn't even feel isolated. so, that's why i say, does he really believe this? where is he getting his information from? he's the president. >> barbara, extraordinarily eye-opening and i know there is much more. barbara will have all of her interview tonight on a special edition of "nightline." barbara, thank you. back in this country tonight, former illinois governor rod blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison today. punishment for 18 convictions on corruption charges. he won't be eligible for early release until he serves at least 12 years. and by the way, he's the second illinois governor in a row to land behind bars. we turn to your voice, your vote tonight, and just three days before the abc news republican debate in iowa. and tonight, the gloves have come off, as mitt romney takes him at the new front-runner,
newt gingrich. romney, hoping to make a point with a new ad featuring romney and his wife, and what it says about his opponent. here's abc's jon karl. >> reporter: on the surface, it looks like a feel good campaign ad opportunitying mitt romney, husband and family man. >> i've been mar ripped to the same woman for 25 -- excuse me, i'll get in trouble, for 42 years. >> reporter: in this case, romney's main opponent is newt gingrich, a man who has been married three times and has admitted to infidelity. >> he's not trying to remind voters about his marriage. he's trying to remind voters about newt gingrich's three marriages. >> reporter: in the ad which is filled with pictures of his wife and family, romney closes with a promise. >> if i'm president of the united states, i will be true to my family, to my faith and to our country. >> reporter: true to his family? presidential candidates doptd usually feel a need to make that promise. gingrich today was asked whether moral behavior is a legitimate issue in the campaign. >> i think everything about a candidate has to be held into
account. i suspect everybody who runs for office at this level has had some flaups at some point. i don't think, other than christ, i don't think anybody has been flawless. >> reporter: this morning, romney's wife signalled she's about to make a more high profile role. >> i'm going to try to let people see the other side of mooilt. the laid back guy. >> reporter: romney is getting personal just as his campaign appears to be in real trouble. the upcoming debate this weekend in iowa will be the first with gingrich as the clear front-runner. he's up nationally and new polls today give him double-digit leads in three of the first four dates to vote, including 23-point leads over romney in south carolina and florida. asked about romney's ad, gingrich said he's not going to pick a fight with romney, instead, saying, quote, he's going to run on his strengths and i'm going to run on mine. david? >> jon karl, thank you. and all of this to be continued at the republican debate, again, this saturday night in iowa.
diane sawyer, george stephanopoulos, moderating. and we hope you tune in, 9:00 p.m. eastern/6:00 pacific. and jobs in this country now. just how to bring america back. and so tonight here, another abc news exclusive. this time, with the ceo of ford, who revived that auto giant, invifting me for a tour of one of ford's factories and revealing his plan for thousands of new jobs. ♪ have you driven a ford >> reporter: that iconic question asked by ford for decades. just a couple of years ago, ford was an american auto giant fighting for survival. but unlike its american competitors, ford would not file for bankruptcy and no taxpayer bailout, borrowing $23.5 billion on its own to get back on track. how much of that $23.5 billion do you still have to pay back? >> we have repaid over $21 billion of the original 23.5. >> reporter: almost there? >> we're almost there. >> reporter: you were able to do this without filing for bankruptcy, without taking a federal bailout. and that resonated with the american people.
>> oh, absolutely. >> reporter: ford ceo alan mulally took us on an exclusive tour of this michigan plant that makes f-150s. the proud factually workers here had no idea mr. mulally would show up. nor did dan colaluca, a retiree, who couldn't believe who was walking toward him. >> i'm alan. >> i know who you are. you're our hero. >> oh, thanks a lot. >> reporter: hero because of the remarkable turnaround here. the ceo revealing to us that ford now plans to hire 12,000 new workers. but it was that retired worker and an image of his first ford mustang that made the ceo smile. >> reporter: were you at ford yet? >> was that a '65? >> a '64 and a half. >> first one? >> first one. bought that first one that april. >> we asked ford's ceo what he believes the next president needs to bring america back. it's a pearl prime the time "nightline," saturday, 8:00 p.m. eastern, bringing america back.
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this. 70 years of those who were there, coming back to remember. because they saw it and knew when the president called it -- >> a date which will live in infamy. >> reporter: that it was true. because they lived it. ceremonies like these have their place. war monuments -- no matter which war, or how old -- tell their stories. but never the way the soldiers who were there could tell you them, well into old age. but inevitably, for each war, the last veteran dies, and that part of the past somehow detaches for the rest of us from the world we consider ours. now that point is coming close with pearl harbor survive vors because their numbers are dwindling, and their strength fading. after today, after marking the decades together, the pearl harbor survivors association officially disbands. so, take a good look at these faces. they survived it, that day of infamy. ♪ and for as long as they are
still here with us, then what they witnessed remains part of the here and now that belongs to all of us, even 70 years on. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> diane and all of us here salute each and every one of them. we leave you tonight with another holiday scene. the christmas lights in salt lake city. thanks to abc 4, ktvx. good night.